How a space competition fired up one Western Sydney scripture class  – Catholic Outlook


A gaggle of scripture college students from a small Western Sydney public faculty is ready anxiously to see if they’ve received a contest to call a rover that shall be a part of an upcoming mission to the Moon. 

The scholars, in lessons three to 6 at Mulgoa Public Faculty, inhabitants 99, took half within the competitors, organised by the Australian House Company, to call the Australian-designed-and-built rover that shall be a part of NASA’s Artemis Mission to the Moon, which is anticipated to blast off in 2026. 

The rover shall be used to gather soil from the floor of the moon, from which scientists will try to extract oxygen in order that people can reside there for prolonged durations, in addition to to create rocket gasoline for additional house exploration. 

The scholars got here up with 4 names for the rover which they submitted within the competitors. The primary, Black Swan, is the English translation of the phrase Mulgoa, which comes from the Indigenous Darug language for the primary inhabitants of the world during which the varsity is situated. 

The second identify they got here up with, Narooma, is an Aboriginal phrase which means “clear blue water” – a reference to the water that was discovered on the Moon’s south aspect by a current Indian mission.  

The third identify was House Possum, a reference to the inquisitive native Australian marsupial, and the fourth was Southern Cross, after the constellation of stars seen within the southern sky. 

SRE Catechist on the faculty, Fiona Clarke, who helped her college students provide you with the names, mentioned the competitors was the end result of a whole lot of dialogue of their lessons about travelling into house. 

SRE Catechist Fiona Clarke (left) together with her scripture college students at Mulgoa Public Faculty. Picture: Provided

As people discover additional and additional into house, with journeys to Mars and past, she mentioned one of many college students requested the category if God would nonetheless be with these house travellers, on condition that He made the Earth. 

“One other child, fast as a flash, mentioned ‘don’t neglect God created the whole lot, in fact He’ll be there’. That floored me,” she mentioned. 

Ms Clarke mentioned it was generally troublesome for adults, who go to Mass recurrently, to know the idea of God’s energy – that regardless of the place they go, God is with them – however her college students had grasped it shortly due to the scripture they do in school.  

“To have all the youngsters reaffirm – ‘In fact He’s going to be there [in space]’ – it was simply proof that scripture class does matter. And we do make a distinction.” 

Ms Clarke mentioned the entire faculty had gotten behind the competitors and all the scholars, herself included, had been ready anxiously for the choice that shall be introduced on 6 December.

“We have now been excited for weeks since we put the applying in,” she mentioned. 

“The very fact we’ve come collectively as a category in Mulgoa, and we’ve despatched one thing off to the Australian House Company was one thing that the kids can have pleasure in. It’s not going to be forgotten. 

“We might like to win, however we’ve really been a part of historical past doing this.” 



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